NFS vs Samba

Hi,

AFAIK, both just providing file sharing so what's the difference and which one has precedence over the other? Or it's just different method of file sharing?


Also, I have a Linux box, indented to store backups for other servers (Windows & Linux). Which one should be better to use in this scenerio (I guess samba?)


Thanks in advance.

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robocatConnect With a Mentor Commented:

It depends on your clients.

You should offer NFS to your Unix/Linux clients and Samba CIFS shares to your Windows clients.

Using the native protocol for each OS is likely to cause the least amount of problems.
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rxhangoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Depending on the features below you can select:

Samba Server

    * Windows can connect to it natively without installing third-party software.
    * Assists in network browsing. With or without NetBIOS.
    * Acts as a Windows NT®-style Primary Domain Controller (PDC).
    * Acts as a Backup Domain Controller (BDC) for a Samba-based PDC.
    * Acts as an Active Directory domain member server.
    * Joins a Windows NT/2000/2003 PDC.

NFS Server

    * Faster then Samba when transferring large files over the network.
    * Easy to setup on any Linux system.
    * Supports Kerberos for authentication.
    * Has the ability to squash root so clients accessing the shares cannot access root files.
    * Uses IP-addresses to authenticate the client. And, is thus easier to setup.


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